Brexiteers hit back after David Lammy compares Jacob-Rees Mogg and Boris to the Nazis

The Labour MP has doubled down on his comparison insisting he was not afraid and would not “back down from calling out links to the extreme right”

Brexiteers have hit back after Labour MP David Lammy defended comparing Jacob-Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson to Nazis – saying his comments weren’t “strong enough”.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who heads up the Brexiteer European Research Group of Tory MPs, said he feels “sorry” for Mr Lammy.

While Boris Johnson used his weekly Telegraph column to describe the comments as a “peculiar outburst”.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr programme on Sunday Mr Lammy was asked about whether a comparison he previously made between the European Research Group (ERG) and the Nazi Party and South African racists was unacceptable.

He said the behaviour of Jacob Rees-Mogg retweeting content from the far-right Alternative for Germany and of Boris Johnson meeting Donald Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon justified the comparison.

He replied: “Andrew, I would say that that wasn’t strong enough.

“In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone.

“We must not appease. We’re in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority.

“We have, in the ERG, in Jacob Rees-Mogg, someone who is happy to put on to his web pages the horrible, racist AfD party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far right.’

He added: “The BBC should not allow this extreme hard-right fascism to flourish.”

Mr Rees-Mogg told the Mirror: “I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced. It damages his reputation.”

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson argued in his regular column that Brexit was leading to a “toxic polarisation”.

He said: “Lammy and I worked together for years. He knows that I was for a long time just about the only politician willing to stick up for the benefits of immigration.

“So why does he say this stuff? Why does this conspiracy theory carry credence on the internet? Because of Brexit, and the whole gamut of misplaced associations that go with it.

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